Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018 now underway
Starting on Thursday, 1 March, green start-ups from all over the world can sign up for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. The competition has expanded to become one of the largest annual sustainability competitions in the world. There is a total of €1 million in combined prize money for the five best start-ups, of which €500,000 is intended for the winner. 

Actor and environmental activist special guest on Postcode Lottery charity gala
At the annual event at which the Dutch Postcode Lottery donated a total of 357.5 million euro to more than 100 charitable organisations, Leonardo DiCaprio spoke as special guest. He spoke on behalf of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which he established in 1998. In his speech, he expressed his concern regarding the irreversible effects that greed and indifference are having on our planet. It was his awareness of this that led him to establish his foundation, with which he wants to work on a solution to turn the tide and to motivate as many people as possible. DiCaprio: "If we can replicate more innovative models like the Dutch Postcode Lottery that raise far more resources for the people on the ground making a real, tangible difference we stand a chance at turning the tide and protecting this beautiful planet.”

Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again third in the City A.M. Charity Index 2017, which collates the biggest private charity donors in the world. Every year, British business newspaper City A.M. publishes a ranking of the world’s biggest donors to charitable organisations.

Numbers one and two are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (United States) and the Wellcome Trust (United Kingdom). The list is compiled by Professor Theo Schuyt and his team of the VU University Amsterdam.

The Postcode Lottery will start to raise funds for charity in Norway. On Friday, Novamedia Norsk Postkodelotteri AS, together with its partners SOS Barnebyer and the WWF, won one of the three lottery licences in the draw for games of chance in Norway. The licence makes it possible to hold a Norwegian version of the Postcode Lottery – the charity lottery in which you and your neighbours win together. The Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries organisation has already raised more than €8 Billion (NOK 74,678,400,000) for charities and thousands of social initiatives throughout the world.

Sustainable and inexpensive alternative for cement to replace dirt floors improves lives and cuts CO2 emissions

The Rwandan start-up EarthEnable is the winner of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017. During the finale, co-founder Gayatri Datar impressed the international jury with her sustainable alternative for cement to replace dirt floors. As the winner, she receives a cheque of €500,000 to further develop her green innovation. The runner-up prize of €200,000 goes to the biodegradable alternative for plastic by the Danish start-up Pond. This year, the other three finalists were also surprised to each receive €100,000. This brings the total prize pool of one of the biggest sustainability competitions in the world to €1 million.

Newsroom archive

  1. Five start-ups compete head to head for investment of half a million euros in cash
  2. 25 start-ups still in the running for the grand prize of €500.000
  3. A record number of 515 green entrepreneurs in the running for 500,000 euros
  4. Green start-ups can sign up for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017
  5. Charity lotteries listed as a Dutch tradition in the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory (UNESCO)
  6. Founders donate their stake in Novamedia
  7. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again the third biggest private donor in the world
  8. Dutch start-up PHYSEE wins €500,000 in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
  9. The Deutsche Postcode Lotterie launches throughout Germany
  10. Ruud Esser stops as CFO of Novamedia on 1 May
  11. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries world’s 3rd largest private charity donor
  12. Change of leadership Novamedia Sverige AB
  13. Five sustainable start-ups compete for €500,000 prize
  14. Annemiek is People’s Postcode Lottery’s First Woman
  15. Boudewijn Poelmann in Fortune Magazine’s Top 25 Eco-innovators in the world
  16. Swedish Postcode Lottery raises more than 120 million EUR for good causes
  17. Charities to receive €302 million from Postcode Lottery
  18. Chelsea Clinton joins People's Postcode Lottery to celebrate over £10,000,000 for good causes at Charity Gala
  19. Swedish Postcode Lottery’s record donations: SEK 945 million
  20. Postcode Lottery raises record €284 million for charity
  21. More and more Dutch choose which charities to play for
  22. Lottery players' support gains importance for cultural institutions
  23. Winning is a 'dream come true' for Scottish charities